Meadows Pushes Trump to Address COVID Relief Through Executive Orders if Legislative Negotiation Falls Through

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is pushing President Trump to address COVID relief through a series of executive orders should legislative negotiations with Democrats breakdown, despite the objections of his negotiating partner, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Politico reported Tuesday.

The latest reporting comes nearly a month after Meadows, who is leading legislative negotiations for the White House, expressed support for the idea of addressing COVID relief unilaterally through executive action.

“This president will do more in the next four weeks than Joe Biden and his team did in the last 40 years, so you just need to stay tuned because starting this week, you’ll see executive orders, you’ll see business that goes forward from the Oval Office,” Meadows said during an interview on Fox News last month.

“We’re going to be looking at how we make sure China is addressed, how we bring manufacturing back from overseas to make sure the American worker is supported. We’re also going to look at a number of issues as it relates to immigration. We’re going to look at a number of issues as it relates to prescription drug prices, and we’re going to get them done when Congress couldn’t get them done,” Meadows continued.